Dr. Kim McMillan secures funding to study new graduate nurses during COVID-19

Posted on Thursday, May 6, 2021

The purpose of this qualitative research study is to explore the initial transition experiences of new graduate nurses entering the nursing profession during the Covid-19 pandemic in Ontario. Ontario Colleges and Universities graduate the highest number of new graduate nurses annually when compared to all other Canadian provinces and territories and Ontario continues to be one of the provinces hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is essential we understand all facets of new graduate nurses’ experiences of transition during Covid-19, so that the appropriate supports are put in place to ensure a healthy transition and support retention efforts. Retention of these new graduate nurses, who already have the highest rates of attrition within the nursing profession, is of paramount importance in light of projected nursing shortages in Ontario.

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